Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tip of the June month, 2012

 Just finishing up my Lottie and Georgia quilt for the Asheville Quilt Show this September, www.ashevillequiltguild.org, and discovered I needed more quilting in the border. The best stencils can be made with contact paper so you can just quilt on the edges, release it from the fabric and re stick it onto another segment. It saves using a marking pen. Sometimes I have to make more than one template as the sticky stuff picks up threads but sure works well as it is pliable.
Just one more thing. We have moved the quilt block to a more prominent place of honor on the front of our cottage. It is the same block, Rising Moon Over Magic Mountain, that is used as a watermark on my new web site. Yes, it was designed by Barbara Webster and her husband and is featured on one of the Quilt Trails up in Burnsville, NC   www.quilttrailswnc.org

Building Blocks, 2012 in progress

 Sharing with "you all" the progress of my Building Blocks entry into the Black & White 3 exhibit for the Folk Art Center, display starting September 8 2012 until January 8, 2013. This is a members only exhibit, Southern Highland Craft Guild,  so expect not only fiber, but wood, pottery, jewelry, iron and beyond. When in doubt about setting, I often go to the grandchildren's favorite plastic hexagon tiles for help and then use my new equilateral, 60 degree diamonds as a template.
 You can tell I had to add an extra triangle on the outside of some diamonds to set the stage for the blocks building properly. Sometimes you see boxes and other times the star emerges which is the fascination with these shapes.
 Sewing up to the quarter inch seam allowance at each intersection allowed that perfect twirling and a softer meeting at each star point. This also made it easier when quilting since I went through each center star. It's not often we gaze at the backside. This twirling is only for the obsessive, but I love it!
Aw, completion. So nice to have this done in order to move onto the next project.